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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
Iowa State's Sustainable Agriculture Student Association (SASA) was recognized by the university's Live Green! program on February 25. The student group received an Excellence in Sustainability during ISU's 5th annual sustainability symposium and student-run Sustainapalooza. The award honors faculty, staff and students who are making an impact on campus sustainability efforts by generating awareness and interest through their activities. SASA was nominated for its efforts to grow and provide fresh produce to Ames' Food at First free meal program, where members have volunteered since 2012. SASA members also serve on committees related to the ISU Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture.
SASA members pose with their certificate at the Sustainapalooza photo booth. They are (from left): Jennifer Tillman, Co-President Emily Zimmerman, Andrea Basche, Adam Wilke and Co-President Jacqueline Nester. [Photo by Green Umbrella]